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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Unit 8 Overview

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. Why did a struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States emerge in the years following the end of the Second World War?
  2. What was one way in which decolonization was a result of the Second World War?
  3. How did the Cold War and decolonization become tied together?
  4. How are the spikes in the US military budget in the 1950s, mid-1960s, and 1980s evidence of the global reach of the Cold War?
  5. What does the collapse of Soviet military spending in 1989 tell us?
  6. Why did Cuban troops get involved in decolonization in Angola, leading to their involvement at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. At this point, you have seen two devastating world wars, and two attempts to create world peace at the end of each of them fail. Why do you think it is so difficult to create global peace?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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